History DisproportionateRetribution / ComicBooks

12th Apr '17 4:55:52 PM comicwriter
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* Doctor Doom's grudge against Reed Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' reflects this trope. In this case, however, the yearned-for retribution is ''really'' disproportionate, in that Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for; Doom blames Reed for causing the accident which disfigured him, whereas all Reed did was bring to Doom's attention flaws in his calculations which had the potential for disaster if they weren't fixed. Doom went ahead with the experiment anyway, and when disaster happened as Reed predicted, Doom's ego couldn't let him admit fault and that Reed, in identifying Doom's error, was smarter than him. In response, he has attempted to kill Reed and his family on numerous occasions, and at one point possessed his daughter and trapped his son in Hell.

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* Doctor Doom's DoctorDoom's grudge against Reed Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' reflects this trope. In this case, however, the yearned-for retribution is ''really'' disproportionate, in that Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for; Doom blames Reed for causing the accident which disfigured him, whereas all Reed did was bring to Doom's attention flaws in his calculations which had the potential for disaster if they weren't fixed. Doom went ahead with the experiment anyway, and when disaster happened as Reed predicted, Doom's ego couldn't let him admit fault and that Reed, in identifying Doom's error, was smarter than him. In response, he has attempted to kill Reed and his family on numerous occasions, and at one point possessed his daughter and trapped his son in Hell.
27th Jan '17 4:17:14 AM luiz4200
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* ''Comicbook/LaffALympics'': In "The Discount of Monty Cristo", while buying a car, Dread Baron threatens to return it if the radio isn't tuned to his favorite station.
8th Jan '17 2:10:46 PM nombretomado
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** In the UltimateMarvel universe, Doom has even less reason to blame Reed for his problems, as he was the one who, after being ''told'' not to, reprogrammed the coordinates for the transporter due to his egotistical belief that he knew better than the man who created the machine, transforming himself into a creature of living metal. This version of Doom... just say he has issues even beyond the Reed Richards issue.

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** In the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, Doom has even less reason to blame Reed for his problems, as he was the one who, after being ''told'' not to, reprogrammed the coordinates for the transporter due to his egotistical belief that he knew better than the man who created the machine, transforming himself into a creature of living metal. This version of Doom... just say he has issues even beyond the Reed Richards issue.
21st Dec '16 7:15:48 PM Lloigor
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* [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/9/95848/1790556-jokersasylum_penguin_pg012_13.jpg One]] of the ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Tales of Arkham]]'' comics features The Penguin, and uses this to explain why a criminal like him belongs in Arkham despite his relatively sane methods and motives. In the story, after a chef is seen laughing in the Penguin's general direction while he is eating dinner: "Maybe it was just a coincidence that the chef laughed while looking in the Penguin's direction. Maybe he just happened to think of something funny, some joke he'd heard the other day, while glancing around the room. Maybe there was nothing malicious about it at all. But in the end... it really didn't matter. And so they ate their dinner, and enjoyed their evening, and the Penguin never said a word about the chef who'd laughed. But a few days later, that building had a new owner, and the restaurant was forced to close, its employees all fired. And the day after losing his job, the chef found that his girlfriend had been suddenly deported to Romania and his best friend arrested for child pornography despite his insistence that he was framed. The day after that, a new tenant moved in next door and begin blasting their stereo at all hours of the day and night. The landlord stopped taking his calls. The church he attended was closed for fumigation, after a bizarre infestation of killer bees. The park where he liked to sit and read was annexed and bulldozed. And then the chef, who was a recovering alcoholic, woke one morning to find that a 24 hour liquor store had opened across the street from his apartment. Less than two months after he'd crossed paths with the Penguin, a night janitor found the chef in a bus station restroom. He'd hanged himself."

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* [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/9/95848/1790556-jokersasylum_penguin_pg012_13.jpg One]] of the ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Tales of Arkham]]'' comics features The the Penguin, and uses this to explain why a criminal like him belongs in Arkham despite his relatively sane methods and motives. In the story, after a chef is seen laughing in the Penguin's general direction while he is eating dinner: "Maybe it was just a coincidence that the chef laughed while looking in the Penguin's direction. Maybe he just happened to think of something funny, some joke he'd heard the other day, while glancing around the room. Maybe there was nothing malicious about it at all. But in the end... it really didn't matter. And so they ate their dinner, and enjoyed their evening, and the Penguin never said a word about the chef who'd laughed. But a few days later, that building had a new owner, and the restaurant was forced to close, its employees all fired. And the day after losing his job, the chef found that his girlfriend had been suddenly deported to Romania and his best friend arrested for child pornography despite his insistence that he was framed. The day after that, a new tenant moved in next door and begin blasting their stereo at all hours of the day and night. The landlord stopped taking his calls. The church he attended was closed for fumigation, after a bizarre infestation of killer bees. The park where he liked to sit and read was annexed and bulldozed. And then the chef, who was a recovering alcoholic, woke one morning to find that a 24 hour liquor store had opened across the street from his apartment. Less than two months after he'd crossed paths with the Penguin, a night janitor found the chef in a bus station restroom. He'd hanged himself."
30th Nov '16 9:01:02 AM Jikashi
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** It gets worse: [[spoiler:Carol, who is opposing Tony in this war, had to beg them to stand down. [[FridgeHorror For her to do this, it means that they most likely had something even worse in mind for Tony. After all, it hasn't been revealed yet what really happened to Cyclops that led to his death after he went after them.]] Maybe that's really why the rest of the X-Men are so afraid to have any conflict with them.]]

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** It gets worse: [[spoiler:Carol, who is opposing Tony in this war, had to beg them to stand down. [[FridgeHorror For her to do this, it means that they most likely had something even worse in mind for Tony. After all, it hasn't been was recently revealed yet what really happened to Cyclops that led Cyclops' punishment for angering the Inhumans by neutralising the mist which was sacred to his death after he went after them.them but fatal to mutants was to be instantly and publicly executed by the Inhuman royals.]] Maybe that's really why the rest of the X-Men are so afraid to have any conflict with them.]]
18th Sep '16 1:24:17 PM nombretomado
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* Moose Mason in ArchieComics goes into violent rages and assaults any boy who he thinks is trying to hit on "his gurl," Midge. Interpretations of "hitting on" seeming to vary, including merely bumping into Midge by accident, accepting some item from her she didn't want (candies, etc.), or just trying to converse with her period. Earlier stories with Moose tended to be particularly brutal--one story has Moose sending Archie flying through the air just for saying "hi" to Midge. Another has him ''hospitalizing'' Reggie, when Reggie cheats him out of $5 and tries to use it to date Midge. Even Jughead (in Moose's first appearance) isn't spared from this, ending up with bandages, a cast, and a black eye (and missing several days' of school) for being asked by the school to tutor his girlfriend. Dilton's not spared Moose's wrath, either, despite WordOfGod claiming to be one of his "closest friends"; a 90s story sees someone try to trick Moose into thinking Dilton liked Midge, which cues Dilton flying through the air with one punch. RuleOfFunny for why Moose isn't in juvenile hall/jail and has such antics tolerated by the others... I guess?!

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* Moose Mason in ArchieComics Franchise/ArchieComics goes into violent rages and assaults any boy who he thinks is trying to hit on "his gurl," Midge. Interpretations of "hitting on" seeming to vary, including merely bumping into Midge by accident, accepting some item from her she didn't want (candies, etc.), or just trying to converse with her period. Earlier stories with Moose tended to be particularly brutal--one story has Moose sending Archie flying through the air just for saying "hi" to Midge. Another has him ''hospitalizing'' Reggie, when Reggie cheats him out of $5 and tries to use it to date Midge. Even Jughead (in Moose's first appearance) isn't spared from this, ending up with bandages, a cast, and a black eye (and missing several days' of school) for being asked by the school to tutor his girlfriend. Dilton's not spared Moose's wrath, either, despite WordOfGod claiming to be one of his "closest friends"; a 90s story sees someone try to trick Moose into thinking Dilton liked Midge, which cues Dilton flying through the air with one punch. RuleOfFunny for why Moose isn't in juvenile hall/jail and has such antics tolerated by the others... I guess?!
27th Aug '16 3:30:40 AM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': Sometimes, Zipi and Zape are chastised for really stupid reasons, one notably one is when Doña Jaimita punish them to cutting grass in the garden just because they ''didn't know how to use a flypaper''.
** And Jaimita is by far the nicest one of the parents. Pantuflo, the father, borders on the AbusiveParents trope, as he's able to punish them for things they've clearly done not deliberately just as if they've done that way, and sometimes for things [[{{Hypocrite}} whose blame is actually his]].

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* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': Sometimes, Zipi and Zape are chastised for really stupid reasons, one notably one is when Doña Mrs. Jaimita punish them to cutting grass in the garden just because they ''didn't know how to use a flypaper''.
** And Jaimita is by far the nicest one of the parents. Pantuflo, the father, borders on the AbusiveParents trope, as he's able to punish them for things they've clearly done not deliberately just as if they've done that way, and sometimes for things [[{{Hypocrite}} whose blame is he's actually his]].the one to blame]].
6th Aug '16 8:07:43 PM cdenton
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* ''Publisher/ChaosComics'' had the VillainProtagonist Evil Ernie. Physically and emotionally abused by his parents, one night Ernie sensed through his telepathic powers that his neighbors knew about his abuse for years, but were afraid to inform the police because his parents happened to own the business that was the number one employer in town, which was enough to turn Ernie into a serial killer. Now that a supernatural being named Lady Death has turned him into a superpowered zombie who can turn his victims into zombies too? He's out to wipe out the entire human race!

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* ''Publisher/ChaosComics'' ''Creator/ChaosComics'' had the VillainProtagonist Evil Ernie. Physically and emotionally abused by his parents, one night Ernie sensed through his telepathic powers that his neighbors knew about his abuse for years, but were afraid to inform the police because his parents happened to own the business that was the number one employer in town, which was enough to turn Ernie into a serial killer. Now that a supernatural being named Lady Death has turned him into a superpowered zombie who can turn his victims into zombies too? He's out to wipe out the entire human race!
6th Aug '16 7:53:35 PM cdenton
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* ''Publisher/ChaosComics'' had the VillainProtagonist Evil Ernie. Physically and emotionally abused by his parents, one night Ernie sensed through his telepathic powers that his neighbors knew about his abuse for years, but were afraid to inform the police because his parents happened to own the business that was the number one employer in town, which was enough to turn Ernie into a serial killer. Now that a supernatural being named Lady Death has turned him into a superpowered zombie who can turn his victims into zombies too? He's out to wipe out the entire human race!
29th Jul '16 10:30:08 PM TheNewBig
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* Franchise/SpiderMan is a frequent victim of this, as his opponents' goals shift from "get money/recognition/cured" to "revenge on Spider-Man" as he stops them. This apparent MotiveDecay is somewhat justified by Spider-Man's [[YouFightLikeACow tendency of persistently insulting the people he fights]], and that fact that most of his opponents are unhinged to start with.

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* Franchise/SpiderMan is a frequent victim of this, as his opponents' goals shift from "get money/recognition/cured" to "revenge on Spider-Man" as he stops them. This apparent MotiveDecay is somewhat justified by Spider-Man's [[YouFightLikeACow tendency of persistently insulting the people he fights]], and Justified in that fact that most nearly all of his opponents them are selfish, arrogant, unhinged bastards as foils to start with.Spider-Man.



** It's even worse in some retellings, where he used his constitutional right to ''protect'' the fake, who did, in fact kill several people on his own. To reiterate, he hates Spider-Man for inadvertently getting him fired while doing the right thing when he was protecting a serial killer for his own selfish gain.



*** Also a subversion in that the Shocker's ''real'' reason for wanting revenge of Spidey so badly is that Spidey mocked him every time they clashed -- and he felt the whole world was laughing at him -- and he finally snapped. Finding out Spider-Man was just a kid didn't help his mood. The entire chapter was meant to show the Shocker was an IneffectualSympatheticVillain -- with the emphasis on "Sympathetic" and [[NotSoHarmlessVillain the "Ineffectual" de-emphasized]]. After Peter got himself free and beat Shocker up again, the story ends with the cops coming to arrest him and one commenting about Shocker being just a living joke.

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*** Also a subversion in that ** As it happens, the Shocker's ''real'' reason for wanting revenge of Spidey so badly is that Spidey mocked him every time they clashed -- and he felt the whole world was laughing at him -- and he finally snapped. Finding out because Spider-Man made fun of him so many times, which is arguably even worse. He planned to torture a 15 year old hero to death not because he wouldn't ever stop or because he got sent to prison dozens of times, but because he was just a kid didn't help his mood. The entire chapter was meant to show the Shocker was an IneffectualSympatheticVillain -- with the emphasis on "Sympathetic" and [[NotSoHarmlessVillain the "Ineffectual" de-emphasized]]. After Peter got himself free and beat Shocker up again, the story ends with the cops coming to arrest him and one commenting about Shocker being just a living joke.''laughed at''.



*** Bruce gets one back at the end of the first Superman/Batman storyline by having Talia Al Ghul sell every last bit of Lexcorp to Wayne Enterprises.

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*** Bruce gets one the bastard back at the end of the first Superman/Batman storyline by having Talia Al Ghul sell every last bit of Lexcorp to Wayne Enterprises.
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